The Manticore (in early middle Persian) is a Persian legandary creature similar to the Egyptian Sphinx. It has the body of a lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth similar to a shark, and a trumpet-like voice. Other ascpects of the creature vary from story to story. It may be horned winged or both. The tail is either a dragon's or a scorpion's, and it may shoot poisonous spines to paralyze or kill it's prey. It devours its prey whole and leaves nothing behind.
In the God of War Series
ManticoreThe Manticore is a flying sub-boss presented with a lion-like face, the jaw of a shark, which can become unhinged, dragon wings, human arms and torso, a scorpion tail and insect-like plates lining its back.
One of them lived in Delphi , where numerous eggs of the monster could be found. This first Manticore first attacks Kratos by trying to make him fall from one of the Python mechanisms and having a short fight against him in the air. It attacks Kratos again at the top of the Tower of Delphi in a fierce fight. In this fight, it could fly and spit fire at Kratos from the air. While on the ground, the Manticore focus on tail attacks, and can throw spikes from its scorpion tail. If one of these spikes hits Kratos, he needs to remove it quickly.Kratos first tears off the beast's wing, which is also its frontal left leg, which prevents it from flying again. After weakening it again, Kratos jumps on the Manticore's backs and stabs it repeatdly, while avoiding its scorpion tail, and then he grabs this tail, cuts its sting off and stabs it in the monster's mouth, killing it.
Another Manticore is found flying in Delos. Kratos jumps on it and uses it to fly from the Statue of Apollo to its Lantern, and makes the beast collide with a sharp end of the Lantern's roof, cutting its left wing and leg in the process. It fights Kratos the same way the first Manticore did after it had already lost its wing, and is also killed in the same manner.
Manticore HatchlingsSmall Manticores hatch out of eggs, which can be found in several occasions in the game, but more specifically in Delphi, where they are found in big numbers. The Manticore bosses could spit eggs too, and these hatch instantly.
The Manticore Hatchilings are moderately weak but strong when in big numbers. Their attack style is similar to Harpies, except they breathe fire. By grabbing them, Kratos will pull them to him and kick them away, harming any enemy in its path. Kratos kills these small monsters by stepping on their backs and pulling them by their tails, which tears them in a half.
- It should be noted that the Manticore does not have arms that are separate to its wings in the God of War universe, this is different to the one in actual mythology as that had a lion body complete with four legs.
- In the earlier versions of the Manticore's design, the beast had hair as well as spines, this idea was scrapped as one of the developers thought that it made no sense for the Manticore to only have hair in one place.
- If Manticore Hatchling eggs are left undestroyed, Feral Hounds will also spawn from some of them.